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The Secrets Of Happiness

A dairy firm called Yeo Valley recently surveyed 4,000 adults in Britain about their lifestyles to determine what makes people happy. Think you know what the secret to happiness is? Lots of money? Sex? A happy relationship? Some of the answers may surprise you. Check ‘em out after the jump. Keep reading »

Does Everyone Really “Deserve” Love And Happiness?

The other day, I posted a letter in my “Dear Wendy” column from a young woman who said she couldn’t understand why she didn’t have a boyfriend despite being very pretty. She went on to admit that she has very little to say in social settings, has begun resenting her friends in relationships because of her “seething jealousy,” regularly self-medicates by over-drinking and sleeping with random hookups, and even believes guys who might be interested in her for more than sex are nothing but scum deep down. “I hate this person I’ve become but know I deserve someone great,” she wrote. Well, I’ve been getting a lot of flack for my response to her, but I stand by it. Why does she deserve someone great? Does everyone deserve love and happiness simply for breathing? Personally, I don’t buy that for one second. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “My Fiancé Doesn’t Believe In Happiness”

My fiance is not a happy person — he’s not blue or misanthropic, but he’s been raised to believe that happiness is something only naive people believe in, so one should shoot for security instead. We recently transitioned from living together to a long-distance relationship because he found a job after a year-long search. He likes the job and his co-workers, but not the small town in which he now lives. He says that whether or not he likes the town doesn’t matter because he’s able to put up with his living situation as long as he has security. He’s been told there’s “room at the top” and he’s now determined to stay in this town, in this job, for the long haul.

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Come On, Get Happy: Strange Statistics On Who Is And Who Isn’t

For the past five days, we’ve been celebrating “Love Yourself Week” on The Frisky. And really, at the end of the day, what is loving yourself all about? Just being happy with who, what, and where you are. So I was a little tickled today to see these interesting statistics about happiness on The Daily Beast because they’re just not what I would have guessed. Read them after the jump. Pat yourself on the back for the ones that apply to you, and stick your tongue out at the ones that don’t. Then, be happy anyway. Keep reading »

What’s Your Definition Of Happiness?

The other day, I came across this post: “Does the meaning of ‘happiness’ change as we age?” It featured this quote: “The research finds that the meaning of happiness shifts as people age: Whereas younger people are more likely to associate happiness with excitement, older people are more likely to associate happiness with feeling peaceful—a change driven by increasing feelings of connectedness (to others and to the present moment) as one ages.” And it got me wondering how women of all ages define happiness. What does happiness mean to you? How do you define happiness? What makes you happy? Tell us in the comments and we’ll post a follow-up featuring our favorite Frisky readers’ answers on their idea of happiness. [Barking up the Wrong Tree] Keep reading »

5 Good Reasons To Crack A Smile

How many times a day do you smile? Chances are it might not be enough. Smiling can change your mood, making you feel happy even when you didn’t think you could. Think about it — people are always busy, whether they’re late to work, shopping around, or running errands. We often forget how easy it is to smile and the significant effect it can have on improving your perspetive. If happiness is not enough of an incentive to start smiling, well, for the hell of it, then maybe getting a beach bod is. While smiling may not directly burn calories, it might lead to a good laugh, which could burn anywhere from 10 to 40 calories per day! Science, people! After the jump, find out five more reasons to smile just because. Keep reading »

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